“Mt. Bandai”: Treasure-trove
Affluent lakes and ponds, limpid river flows, and mountains with lush greenery.
Kitashiobara Village is one of Japan’s best resorts located in a highland region surrounded by beautiful nature, most of which is included in Bandai-Asahi National Park.
The core attractions of the resort are “Mt. Bandai,” a treasure-trove, and “Urabandai.”
In 1888, the north side of the top of Mt. Bandai partially collapsed including Shobandai due to a phreatic explosion.
A debris avalanche blocked rivers, creating hundreds of lakes and ponds. Particularly, dozens of these lakes and ponds, such as Lake Hibara, Lake Akimoto, Lake Onogawa and their adjacent ponds, are called “Goshikinuma Ponds.”
In 2016, Goshikinuma Ponds were appraised as a one-star tourist resort by Michelin Green Guide Japon.
Mt. Bandai is blessed with numerous pleasures, including Goshikinuma Ponds where you can enjoy a variety of water colors from large lakes to small ponds, magnificent scenery visible here and there in the area, and hot springs.
Mt. Bandai was literally called “Mt. Iwahashi,” which means “a rock ladder leading to the heaven.”
The south side of Mt. Bandai is called Omotebandai while the north side Urabandai. The shape of the mountain seen from the south side is sculpturesque. To the contrary, it shows brutal traces of collapse of volcanic edifice when seen from the north side.
It was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 geological features in 2007, and was authorized as a Japanese Geopark in 2011.